Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that Sunday's last-ditch NBA lockout talks came about because the league dropped its insistence on a 50-50 split of revenues in a new collective bargaining agreement. The players' union had requested a Monday morning late this past week, but the NBA says it replied that while it would be willing to negotiate items other than the split, it would not be moving from its 50-50 offer. That condition has now been removed, which could mean that the league is willing to go to 51-49 or points beyond to salvage the season.
NBA commissioner David Stern had set a Monday deadline to preserve an 82-game schedule. It's unclear whether the top officials from the league and union will meet again Monday, or if Sunday's session -- which will reportedly include Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver, union president Derek Fisher, union director Billy Hunter and select staff -- is the last chance to crank out a deal.